'Tracing the Ancient Tea-Horse Road'


Best of Yunnan Province & Tibet; Chengdu Panda Centre; Lhasa, Tibet area sightseeing

Trip Information


Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels) are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers.


Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

The most popular times are spring and fall when temperatures and humidity are relatively low. Conditions can vary widely on this tour. Chendu is almost subtropical, with rainfall almost evenly spread through the year. Tibet and Yunnan are usually sunny, but can be quite chilly at night and first thing in the morning.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Land transport throughout China will be by private air-conditioned bus. Domestic flights via scheduled Chinese carriers. The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long days. The high altitude of Tibet and Yunnan may be a consideration for some travellers (this tour requires a medical questionnaire to be signed by a doctor). We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.


Hotels used in the east are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned / heated properties with en suite bath / toilet. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.

Group Size

10-21 plus Tour Leader